The MSM is putty in Cynthia McKinney’s hands. While an AOL poll (and such polls usually lean left) shows that by a margin of 12 to 1 readers’ sympathies lean toward the Capitol Police instead of her, AOL headlines its piece on the topic Race Swirls Around McKinney Confrontation. (Article also available here.) Race only swirls around this because in the words of Tom DeLay, “Everything is racism” to Ms. McKinney.
As many others have said, this woman plays the race card every chance she gets.
Look, we all have occasions when we lose our temper and do things which get us into trouble — or cause our friends, neighbors of co-workers to wonder about our behavior. On horrible days after being stuck in LA traffic, we might yell “bitch” at a woman who parks her car right in front of the entrance to our parking garage, forcing us to wait in the street (until she moves her illegally parked vehicle) and delaying our return to our apartment where we can collapse on the sofa and take two Excedrin. Instead of yelling insults in such circumstances, others might be more patient, still others might stew in self-pity while a few of us might get out of the car and use physical force against those who offend us.
In some cases, such force may be warranted. In most it is not. In Ms. McKinney’s case, it clearly wasn’t. As House Speaker Dennis Hastert put it, “This is not about personality . . . . It’s not about racial profiling. It’s about making this place safer.”
I’ll cut Ms McKinney some slack. As a busy Member of Congress who has to work long hours and travel back and forth between her district and Washington, she didn’t want to hassle with the added burden of a security check from which her elected office exempts her. In a moment of pique, she felt put upon, lost her cool and slapped someone (whom she felt) was making her day more difficult. But, when she had time to cool down, she should have realized that it was just a policeman doing his job. At that point, the right thing to do would be to apologize, say she made a mistake and acted inappropriately and that she truly regrets her actions. She should make clear that she was in error but she forgot to put on her pin — or display prominently other documents — identifying her as a Member of Congress.
Aware, however that the MSM (given their “liberal” education) are eager for stories which show racial, gender or class divisions in our society, Ms. McKinney assumes she can get away by dressing her actions up as some racial confrontation. That is, the media encourages her to play the race card. AP (and other MSM outlets) may want to pretend this is about race, but, as that AOL poll shows, most Americans know better. Cynthia McKinney is just another boorish member of Congress.
Just as Zsa Zsa Gabor was another boorish celebrity who was rightfully prosecuted for slapping a Beverly Hills cop. Her Hungarian ancestry had nothing to do with her arrest.
It’s too bad the MSM plays into her hands by claiming that race “swirls” around the confrontation. Just because they (and she) say it does doesn’t make it so. She behaved badly and should be held to account for her actions. And the MSM should treat her just as that would any other boorish elected official.